Hudson Sandler picks Michelle Anekeya to lead its operations in East Africa




Michelle Anekeya has been announced as the head of Hudson Sandler in East Africa, working from the firm’s base in nairobi, Kenya. Michelle, who had a long stint at H+K Strategies where she served in various roles from Account Executive until her departure as the Associate Director, has also been made a Partner at  Hudson Sandler.

With over 16 years’ experience in strategic communications, Michelle will focus on developing Hudson Sandler’s East African operations. Michelle has a strong track record in the development of award-winning integrated communications campaigns, advocacy and internal communications, the financial management of strategic client relationships and people leadership.

“These new appointments will play a pivotal role in spearheading our next phase of growth across the continent. Our team in Africa has achieved expedited growth over the last two years, building an impressive list of clients and meaningful campaigns. We’re proud to provide consultancy to many of Africa’s most dynamic and progressive companies and institutions,” noted Hudson Sandler while announcing the new appointments.

Hudson Sandler also named Onyebuchi Ajufo as a Partner and Head of Policy and Advocacy for West Africa, based in in Lagos, Nigeria. In her role, Onyebuchi will be responsible for growing our West African business. She’ll also be as acting as the global lead on policy and advocacy across the consultancy. She brings an impressive tenure in executive leadership positions, joining us most recently us from Africa Practice. Here she led the Strategic Communications and Advocacy Practice across Africa and the UK. In this role she was also responsible for brand positioning, talent retention and development, client retention and growth.

Chris Genasi, Chairman of Hudson Sandler Africa, is thrilled to welcome these experienced leaders, to help the propel the next phase of growth in the region. “Africa is a key strategic market for Hudson Sandler. We are proud to work with Africa’s leading businesses, foundations and NGOs, to tell positive stories about the contribution they are making to Africa’s sustainable economic and social development. Michelle and Onyebuchi bring a wealth of experience in corporate communications and advocacy. Their strong leadership and business development skills, will be instrumental in our further expansion as we continue to grow our fantastic teams across the continent,” he said.

According to her professional bio, Michelle began her PR career in 2005 at Access Account Executive. She would then get into Corporate Communications at Access Kenya (now Dimension Data) before rejoining Porter Novelli as an Account Manager. From here, she moved to

Hudson Sandler is a strategic communications and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) consultancy headquartered in London. Its team, based in various locations, provides creativity and strategic thinking for its clients, ranging from international market players to growth businesses in the UK and across emerging markets including Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Africa. Some of the firm’s clients include Airtel Africa, Thai Union, Greggs, Afreximbank, Bloomsbury Publishing, Joules, Planet Smart City and Stewarts.

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